Dana’s Corner: How to be Pregnant like a Boss
Our Director of Operations in our office is none other than Dana Case. Among the employees, Dana is known for always “keeping it real.” She keeps the peace, stays organized, and always tells it like it is - today’s post will be coming from the mouth of Miss Dana, realist and advice-giver extraordinaire.
This little bundle of kicks and joy marks the second baby I will be having while going to work. So let’s just say that I’m putting “excels at being pregnant at the office like a boss” under the special skills section of my resume from now on.
It's funny how each pregnancy is different, not just because of how our bodies react, but also because your office grows and rules and regulations change as time goes on, so being pregnant while working now is different than it was to be pregnant at the workplace five years ago. Though work has changed, and my pregnancy feels different this time around, I have picked up some universal tips about being pregnant while working along the way:
1. Beware of your emotions. We all know the feeling of the emotional roller coaster ride - being on the verge of weeping silently behind closed office doors because the morning’s batch of emails is particularly trying. For this reason alone, morning sickness aside, being pregnant at work is especially difficult. Check in on yourself every now and then and ask yourself where these feelings are coming from. Would non-pregnant me feel or react the same way in this situation? Act accordingly based on your answer.
2. Stay focused. Try your best to stay connected with your daily work tasks. You think you have distractions to overcome on a typical workday? Those distractions double when you're preggo! You’ll be tapping along on your keyboard writing up the latest report, when all of a sudden your world stops... you’re having an extreme craving for pretzels dipped in cheese. The next sentence you write is, “The cheese pretzel profits are reasonably high this month, according to pretzel cheese.” Double check everything you've written before sending it out and stay as on track as possible.
3. Keep up communication. Communicate with your boss and your staff about assignments you may need a bit more time with, doctor's appointments, absences, your leave departure, and any other times you'll be out of the office. The more you know ahead of time, the less absentee surprises you'll have springing up on your work team.
4. Be considerate when scheduling your monthly doctor visits. It’s generally protocol to schedule a month prior to the actual appointment, so I always make sure to schedule early mornings or late afternoon appointments so I don’t have to take too much time off work. Remember to keep your work schedule in mind to minimize the makeup work you’ll have to do if you're out for a bit.
5. Make sure to prep your team. Be sure your team is ready to go with their tasks and responsibilities before you head out on maternity leave. Hopefully, you have a staff as wonderful as mine, who, on the mention of your leave, immediately jump to help out in covering your responsibilities without being nudged to. Sit down with everyone and be specific when discussing duties. Then take a deep breath, trust them to do their jobs, and concentrate on you, girl!
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